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Yeah I have seen them But don’t know what they are called!
September 1982 witnessed a catastrophic change in our internet culture.
Scott Fahlman invented the first ever emoticon/smile “:-)”.This founded the revolution of internet memes.
INTERNET MEMES- A concept,cultural idea or a social idea which spreads around the internet.
In laymen terms memes are "things on the internet" - 'in jokes' , ’ in pictures’ or in 'repeated references' that produce a knowing smile from those-in-the-know and a sense of bafflement from those who don't ;)
In further simpler words, just as a virus spreads and infect human life similarly meme is a concept or an idea which spreads around the internet and entertains us. No further simplification is possible if you haven’t seen them J
For the geeks-“Meme" comes from the Greek word "mimema" and pronounced as “meme” because “meme” rhymes with “gene” according to Richard Dawkins the person who first termed this phrase. People also prefer pronouncing it as meh-meh.
Let’s have a look at some the most common memes going around…
Short for "Oh, really?" is represented by a Snowy Owl. The phrase "O RLY?" is typically used in a sarcastic or scornful manner, often in response to a statement that the speaker feels is obvious, or brazenly self-contradictory. This meme Originated in 2003, peaked in late 2005 to early 2006 and since then has phased out of trend.
A troll is someone who posts inflammatory, impertinent,, off-topic messages or as the New York Times define “manipulating other people’s emotional equilibrium.”
This black and white drawing of this meme displays a mischievous grin and portrays the expression of trolling. Posting a Trollface into a forum is often used when someone was being fooled or intentionally angered. The face commonly appears in rage comics.
This meme has peaked up since Jan 2009 and currently is one of the highest searched internet meme which has reached the Breakout stage in google insights.
3) What People Think I Do / What I Really Do
This meme is a series of visual charts depicting a range of preconceptions associated with a particular field of occupation or expertise.
This meme compares varying impressions about one’s profession -held by others, self-image and the often mundane reality of the job.
These also describe range of perceptions of a field, occupation or expertise.
This meme originated in 2012 and has been very popular among social networking sites.
4)You don’t say
This is a rage comic face used as a sarcastic response to an obvious observation or statement.The meme is created from The image of Nicolas Cage that was taken from a scene in the 1988 black comedy film Vampire’s Kiss.
Originated in mid 2011 and is currently one of the highest trending memes.It has reached the breakdown stage on google insights.
The drawing is based on a photograph of basketball player Yao Ming at a press conference.
The image is typically used as a reaction face to convey a dismissive attitude towards someone else’s input.This meme is often used to express a more flippant attitude towards an unworthy remark made by someone else.
Fuck Yea is a series of four-pane cartoon strips featuring a stick figure looking rather self-complacent and quite frankly, for all the right reasons.These cartoons illustrate all sorts of triumphant moments in our daily lives that make us feel awesome.This meme originated in 2010 and has peaked ever since.
This meme portrays a male or female rage comic characters as less than intelligent or ignorant in a given narrative, although they may represent situations or emotions that readers can easily empathize with.
This meme originated after 2010 and peaked the breakdown stage in 2011.
8)Y U NO
This Guy is a character using SMS shorthands and carefree grammar as a way to bring someone’s attention on a particular subject or issue.
A character that is typically used to respond to an awkward or disgusting event with “Me Gusta,” which means “it pleases me” in Spanish (often understood as “I like it” in English).
Internet memes in a way are one of the most effective ways of marketing. Think of viral marketing —passing word on from person to person — but instead of a product, the idea being forwarded is a humorous image, video, or other digital medium that becomes a part of our day-to-day usage and we can easily connect and relate to it.
There are many(non-internet-dwellers) who don’t know what is Pepper Spray Cop. But, millions of internet inhabitants- first found out or became aware about this 'shameful' police abuse because of the silly versions of the image being circulated online or in other terms because of the memes which were circulated around people.
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If you still have no clue what this article is all about, do visit www.knowyourmeme.com coz otherwise whenever you encounter a meme you will have a bewildered expression on your face.
Some of the memes i found worth sharing.